A fibrous alchemist of sorts, Stephanie Hare is a papermaker exploring the techniques and nuances of the Kozo fiber, a bark harvested from the Paper Mulberry tree. Processing the fibers by hand, she is currently creating a collection of paper products focused on the contrasting unique tones of bleached whites and dark pigmented shades of blue. The fibers are beaten by hand and suspended in a vat filled with water, then put into motion with a swirl of the hand. Often, specks of silver or gold leaf, or wisps of small feathers are churned into the mix, as the vat morphs into a new kinetic composition. She dips the mould and deckle below the surface and swiftly collects a sheet of pulp as the water shimmies back into the vat. The sheet is then pressed and transferred to glass to dry. Illuminated by the sunlight, the unique formations of the long kozo fibers are brought to life, suspended in motion. A stack of finished sheets is soon ready for metamorphosis of a different kind. Inspired by the transformative nature of light as it illuminates the presence of hand in each sheet of paper, Stephanie creates a collection of work including contemporary handmade lamps, hand bound books, and a growing array of paper products. Born and raised in Maine, Stephanie feels fortunate to call this beautiful and endlessly inspiring state Home.
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